An army warrant officer who was absent without leave was arrested carrying a loaded pistol Friday near Scotland's Balmoral Castle, where the queen and other members of the royal family were vacationing, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
But officials denied reports that senior army officers feared the man was out to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.
A Defense Ministry spokesman said the officer, Paul Rowan, went AWOL Aug. 12 . . .
Rock stars Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper will perform together at next month's Hollywood extravaganza that is expected to raise $1 million for the study and treatment of AIDS, a spokeswoman said Monday. Those hosting the Sept. 19 benefit include Elizabeth Taylor, Burt Lancaster, Burt Reynolds and Carol Burnett . . .
The rock magazine Creem, which began more than a decade ago and was circulated in 15 countries, has suspended publication, publisher Connie Kramer said Monday. The October issue will be the magazine's last unless a buyer is found quickly, Kramer said. She said the magazine was a drain on the company's other operations, which include apparel sales. "What we're trying to do is diversify," she said. "We're not interested in the magazine section anymore" . . .
Two Irish boys, Noel Murray, 13, and Keith Byrne, 10, caught after their second stowaway attempt in a week, were returned home to Dublin Monday from New York, where they were caught before they got out of Kennedy International Airport. Air-India said it was conducting a security investigation after the boys told New York authorities they slipped aboard one of the airline's planes at London's Heathrow Airport without tickets or passports. Byrne's mother said later, "I told him not to go too far because his dinner was nearly ready . . . I suppose the two of them did it for the excitement, although I don't know how they got away with it." Earlier in the week the two were caught on an Irish Sea ferry headed for Holyhead in North Wales. -- Lisa Serene Gelb